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In the wardrobe / First sewing job
« on: November 08, 2020, 22:30:44 PM »
Very satisfying. 

I have a pair of heavy curtains, one of which I use as a door curtain. It was too long so I used my lovely old hand cranked Singer to hem it and then turn it up to the right length. It has to be said that the machine is far more capable than me! Not the tidiest job, but then it's the first time I have ever sewn anything with a machine. The sewing is fairly straight, I didn't break the thread, and the curtain is now hanging up in the door doing what it is meant to do.

I can only get better!

Vintage Machines / New Home machine
« on: October 31, 2020, 11:54:15 AM »
Just bought a 1909 New Home machine. It's a New National U model in need of a clean and a bit of a restoration. It was in a charity shop and cost me just £15!

The encouraging thing is that aside from a couple of small screws and the lid, it's complete and working. It's a vibrating shuttle machine like my Singer 28k and, like the Singer, when I took the bobbin out of the shuttle there was still thread on it.

I'm currently taking bits off of it and cleaning them up. It'll take me a little while but a good clean and service should see it perfectly usable again.

Complete beginner questions coming up now!
I have a 1940 28k hand cranked Singer. The machine works beautifully, having serviced it properly, so the intention is to use it for my various sewing jobs and repairs. I have some heavy curtains, the bottom hems of which have come partly unstitched so I need to sew them back up. The machine is an ex school machine so there will be no special parts fitted to it, it’ll be set up for normal home sewing.
Is there anything I need to know before starting on the job? Will the machine sew these curtains?
Thanks in advance for any help and info.

Hi, I'm new... / Hallo from Mid-Wales
« on: September 20, 2020, 23:14:35 PM »
Hallo, new member here. I've just acquired a lovely 1940 Singer 28K hand cranked machine from a local charity shop. Spent the last two or three days checking, servicing and oiling it, and it now works beautifully. I've done a couple of rows of stitching on some old sheeting with it, the first time I've ever used a sewing machine, and it wasn't too shabby!

I shall probably be asking lots of questions over the next few weeks as I get to grips with this great old machine.


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